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Childhood Dream Becomes Reality on Saugeen River

May 02, 2017 | PHOTOGRAPHY BY SANDY MACKAY

A home for a Durham couple was designed with children in mind.

OUR HOMES Grey Bruce Spring 2017A version of this article originally appeared in the Spring 2017 issue of  OUR HOMES Grey & Bruce Counties, p.36. Find local businesses in our Grey-Bruce directory.

OUR HOMES Grey Bruce Spring 2017
When this young Durham couple decided to build their new home along the winding Saugeen River, they looked to their children and their own childhoods. As a child, the homeowner always pictured himself living on the water, “with big windows, so that when people walked in the front door, the first thing they would see would be the water,” he says.
 
They can thank builder Don Tremble of Candue Homes for making that picture a reality.
 
They purchased the property in 2015 and worked closely with DR Designs to lay out and customize their bungalow. It was important to have all four bedrooms on one side of the house so their three kids could be close.
 
They got everything they wanted, and more. Today, their home has soothing grey walls and a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace in the great room. Much of the furnishings were sourced at House Rules Design Shop. Window coverings by Cuneo Interiors Ltd. A well-designed mudroom has separate hooks, shelving and cubbyholes for all members of the family. His favourite room is the eat-in kitchen with it’s beautiful and subtle quartz countertops from The Old Barn. Hers is the full-service laundry room on the main floor, just outside her bedroom.
 
Outside, a screened-in porch by Wilson Solutions is the perfect blend of indoor and outdoor living. Protected from the rain, the bugs and the beating sun, the room is a welcome extension to the home, complete with ceiling fan and pot lights. A subtle and classic grey stone from Shouldice Designer Stone is accented by black windows and doors. Crisp, linear architectural details are softened by landscaping and plantings.
 
When they were working on the plans for their home and really considering what they wanted, it all came down to this: they wanted a place where their children would be comfortable for years to come. Mission accomplished.

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